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The printer is only printing on the left 1/3 of the label and has a wavey edge at the end of the print.

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  • kevin_nolte Sep 08, 2010

    Thanks but the issue was that someone bent the guide on the outside of the printhead holding up so that the right side never touched the labels. I have straightened the guide and retensioned the head correctly I hope and it is working fine at this time.

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Sounds like your print head tensioners backed themselves off some or got moved to one side during maintenance. Check to make sure they are in the correct position and are set to the right tension level to ensure proper print darkness.

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    S1LV3R Sep 08, 2010

    Well thats a little out of the realm of web based help, lol. No way i could have got that one without seeing it. Sorry i couldnt help you.

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